Christian Heilmann

Yet another rant on accessibility and usability

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 at 4:23 am

About 10 people told me on various channels about Tomasz Wegrzanowski’s blog post ‘Making me think about usability’ and what my opinion about it is. Instead of putting up a short and powerful response I actually took this opportunity to write about the reason for posts like this: Communication between accessibility and usability geeks and technical geeks is broken – and very much so.

In a long blog post over at Scripting Enabled entitled The biggest barrier to accessibility and inclusive design is us I vent some of the frustrations encountered in my years of standing in the cross-fire of the two groups. I’ve found these points:

  • Accessibility and inclusive design has one massive enemy: bad communication

** A problem of communication channels

** A problem with language – keeping it simple is not an option

** A problem of attention span. Err, what?

** A problem of adoption speed

** A problem of selling the issue

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